Finland and Sweden in talks to join NATO

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during the ceremony for the application for membership by Sweden and Finland in Brussels.

AFP

Last Wednesday, the German news agency (DPA) learned from sources within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that Turkey had obstructed the start of accession talks with Finland and Sweden. necessary, to begin the accession process as planned.

Sweden and Finland submitted formal applications to join NATO the same morning, and the NATO Council was then scheduled to issue a decision to start accession talks.

These sources reported that Turkey expressed security concerns during the session, and announced that it could not agree to this step at the present time.

For his part, a NATO spokesman refused to comment on the talks inside the alliance, and only emphasized that the Secretary-General of the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, is determined to reach a quick solution for Finland and Sweden, and said that “both countries are our closest partners and their accession to (NATO) will strengthen Euro-Atlantic Security.

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